Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:55:35 -0800
Free-agent OF Rick Ankiel (Mets) announced his retirement from baseball Wednesday, March 5. He's hoping to land a front-office job with a team.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:34:08 -0700
New York Mets OF Rick Ankiel has elected to become a free agent after he was designated for assignment last weekend.
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 17:15:45 -0700
The New York Mets have designated OF Rick Ankiel for assignment. The team will recall OG Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster spot.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:32:21 -0700
New York Mets OF Juan Lagares will be given a two-day audition in center field over OF Rick Ankiel, but the starts are more likely to be based off of pitching matchups more than anything. Manager Terry Collins thinks that Lagares needs to lay off more pitches outside the strike zone to be effective in the majors.
Fantasy Tip: Lagares' next two starts might go a long way in determining if they send him down and recall Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has picked it up with the bat at Triple-A Las Vegas. Nieuwenhuis could come up and challenge Ankiel for playing time in center field.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:52:45 -0700
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who homered twice for Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday, June 4, to give him eight jacks in the last 14 games, is now on the radar of manager Terry Collins to be recalled to the majors. Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-16 with a walk and eight strikeouts before being optioned to the minors April 23. Las Vegas manager Wally Backman said Nieuwenhuis' home run success hasn't been the result of hitting in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, and the outfielder has been more aggressive with two strikes. OF Rick Ankiel is 2-for-28 with 13 strikeouts recently and has been dropped to No. 8 in the hitting order. Collins also indicated that OF Juan Lagares would probably benefit from more playing time in the minors.
Fantasy Tip: It's probably only a matter of time before the Mets realize that Ankiel is hurting their offensive production. He's not the future of the organization, either. Nieuwenhuis also bats from the left side, so it'll be interested to see how playing time would shake out if he's called up. Keep Nieuwenhuis on your radar if you play in NL-only leagues.
Mon, 20 May 2013 16:12:43 -0700
New York Mets struggling 1B Ike Davis was dropped to sixth in the lineup Monday, May 20, after his week-long trial in the cleanup spot was up. 2B Daniel Murphy is remaining in the leadoff spot against the Cincinnati Reds. Murphy hit the go-ahead home run in the leadoff spot for the first time this year Sunday, May 19. Murphy has an eight-game hitting streak. Davis went 1-for-24 in six games back in the cleanup spot last week. OF Rick Ankiel will hit second for the first time.
Fantasy Tip: The Mets are considering demoting Davis to the minor leagues if he doesn't turn it around very soon, so you should be at the point where you are considering cutting him from your team, too, especially if you're in a shallow mixed league.
Mon, 13 May 2013 13:20:48 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Rick Ankiel will start in center field against right-handed pitchers and OF Juan Lagares will receive starts against lefties.
Fantasy Tip: Ankiel's high strikeout totals combined with minimal playing time limit him only to NL leagues for the time being.
Mon, 13 May 2013 13:07:43 -0700
New York Mets OF Rick Ankiel is starting in center field Monday, May 13.
Fantasy Tip: The Mets aren't wasting any time trying to infuse some life into their outfield bats. Ankile will strike out plenty but offers long-ball potential for fantasy teams lacking power numbers.
Mon, 13 May 2013 12:55:59 -0700
The New York Mets optioned OF Andrew Brown to the minors Monday, May 13, to make room on the active roster for OF Rick Ankiel.
Mon, 13 May 2013 12:51:43 -0700
The New York Mets will sign free-agent OF Rick Ankiel (Astros), and he'll join the team Monday, May 13, according to a source.
Fantasy Tip: The Mets have been lacking an outfielder with true pop, other than the inconsistent Lucas Duda. Ankiel will give them that, but he'll also strike out plenty and ruin your team's batting average. It's unclear how much he'll play, but he figures to bump Mike Baxter and Juan Lagares out of playing time. Ankiel is an option if you're desperate for some home runs and can live with an abysmal BA.